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Description: Random Generator - Random String

Random Generator String

On this page the algorithm of the "Random String" generator is described. This generator creates a random string. You can set the desired length of the string and choose whether uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numbers and / or special characters should be included.

Random generator "Random String"

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What is randomness?

Randomness is an event for which there is no causal explanation. This means that the result of a random generator may not be predictable or computable. This, however, contradicts the laws of each computer. In other words, a computer can not produce absolutely random numbers without additional peripherals. In this case we call it pseudo-random numbers. In general, you can philosophize about at which point you can actually speak about randomness.

How are the random strings generated?

Theoretically, three different mechanisms for generating pseudo-random numbers are used in this generator, but two of them are only used to generate the binary string in the background.

Random generator 1 and 2 for binary string

How these random generators work, is explained here in detail.

Random generator 3 for random string

The previous random number generators produce relatively good random numbers, which, however, can further be improved. The strings are therefore always generated on server-side with the PHP function random_int(), which generates cryptographically secure pseudo-random numbers:

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// The variable $all_chars contains all chosen characters
$max_index 	= count($all_chars)-1;
$random_answer 	= "";

// Generate string
for($i = 1; $i <= STRING_LENGTH; $i++) {
	
	$index = random_int(0, $max_index);
	$random_answer .= $all_chars[$index];
	
}
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Posted on 16.12.2016 | Last modified on 16.01.2018